Vending machine

Apply for a license for your vending machine.


Vending machines provide prepackaged:

  • Food
  • Snacks
  • Beverages

After inserting a coin, bill or credit card.

License details:

  • Bottled and canned soda machines do not need a license.
  • Businesses with a food license may have two free vending machines.
vending machine

Before you begin

See How to open a new business


Food safety

You are responsible for food safety. This includes control of food from preparation to serving customers.

See City and State food safety resources:

National regulations

All vending machines must be licensed and comply with applicable rules and regulations of the:  

State and City regulations

You are responsible for following State and City regulations.


Vending machines in Minneapolis are required to be licensed.

See Vending Machines Application


Find your license fee

You must renew your license every April. 

See annual renewal list of vending machines

If you have a vending machine license, you may add additional machines to your current license. The vending machine license fee is applied to each machine.  

Add more machines to your vending machine license

If you have a Minneapolis business license, you may add one or more machines to your current license. You must have the same ownership and address.

Add one or more machines to your Minneapolis business license

Submit your application 

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

More information


Report a complaint about a food or restaurant business


Information on this page are guidelines.

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Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis Health Department




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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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